Alexandrite: The Imperial Gemstone

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Alexandrite is one of the official birthstones of June, a status it shares with cultured pearl and moonstone. A relatively modern gem, it was first discovered in Russia in 1831 during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is an extremely rare chrysoberyl with chameleon-like qualities. In Russian legend, this … [Read more...]

Tanzanite: Stone of Creativity

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Tanzanite is the official birthstone for the month of December, and is a relatively new-comer to the world gemstone stage. Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich … [Read more...]

Citrine: The Healing Gem

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Along with topaz, citrine is the official birthstone for November. It’s is also the gemstone that celebrates the thirteenth anniversary. It’s perhaps the most popular and frequently purchased yellow gemstone and an attractive alternative for topaz as well as for yellow sapphire. People have used quartz in jewelry for … [Read more...]

Opal: The Lucky Gem

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Opal is the birthstone for October and the 18th anniversary. It's name is derived from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of color)."   Because opal has the colors of other gems, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful of all the gemstones on Earth. Many cultures … [Read more...]

Topaz: Small Island in the Red Sea

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Topaz is the birthstone for November and it's blue variety is the gem that celebrates a 4th anniversary while Imperial topaz is the gem that high-lites the 23rd anniversary. This is a gemstone available in a rich rainbow of colors. Prized for several thousand years in antiquity, all yellow gems in antiquity were called … [Read more...]

Tourmaline: The Rainbow Gem

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Tourmaline, along with opal, is the official birthstone for October. It is also the gem that celebrates the eighth anniversary. Owing to its wide range of colour availability, this gemstone is considered to be one of today's most versatile gemstones. Its name is thought to be derived from the Sinhalese … [Read more...]